Thursday, September 30, 2010
One of my jobs is putting the stickers on the bags - you can see sheets of lollipop labels sitting on the left-hand side and some bags sitting on top of them, and sheets with all the stickers removed on top of the books.
Most of what I do is computer work, and my trusty Mac is peeking in on the right-hand side of the picture. (That's a dark corner of the desk, which is why it's not pictured.)
And yes, that's a Stieg Larsson book sitting on my desk, waiting to be returned to the friend I borrowed it from.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
- The bad boy – he’s irresistible and ends up in a Love Triangle without even batting an eye.
- The sweet one – Celebration Time is popular with everyone, wants to hang out and have a good time; he parties but not too hard :-)
- The nice boy – the Breakfast Tray is an early riser, gets his homework done on time, offers you a ride to school when he sees you standing at the bus stop. Awww.
- The jock – snowboarding, bungee jumping and capoeira? Definitely the Adventurer’s Pack. He’s XTREME, man. Mmm, I bet he smells really good.
- The serious, shy one – the Spice Rack writes poetry and seems grown-up for his age. Don’t break his heart!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sometimes people are surprised to learn that I don’t make This Charming Candy at home. I’m quick to let them know that any food that’s for sale to the public must be made in an approved facility by people who know safe food handling practices.
It’s somewhat similar to artist renting time in a studio. For example, many of my crafting colleagues use the excellent facilities at Seattle’s Pratt Fine Arts Center to do metal, jewelry, glass and other projects.
So, I rent a professional catering kitchen in which to make our delicious lollipops. I’ve met some great people who work for and who rent from the kitchen. I love having access to a large workspace and tools and equipment that I don’t have at home. Did you know that the dish sanitizing cycle in a professional dishwasher takes only about 90-120 SECONDS? How cool is that!
This picture happens to have been taken on a Sunday, which is why I appear to be alone in this large kitchen. Sundays tend to be quiet days in the catering business. When I’m making candy on weekdays, I have a lot more company!
photo by Kevin Keeker
Monday, September 27, 2010
A friend mentioned that having one of our lollipops handy during his long, traffic-y commute just might make it suck less.
That’s a theory worth testing! Do you keep a stash of charming candy in the car for long trips and boring commutes?
Friday, September 24, 2010
- Someday, Tegan & Sara (alternative)
- Perfect Day, Hoku (you know, that song at the beginning of Legally Blonde)
- Today is Gonna be a Great Day, Bowling for Soup (uh, yeah, the theme song from Phineas & Ferb)
- Ordinary Day, Great Big Sea (celtic)
- Constructive Summer, The Hold Steady (more alternative)
- Pocahontas Proud, Gretchen Wilson (country)
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
One summer, our friend Mark visited me while I was vacationing down the shore with my family in Ocean City, NJ. He took this amazing picture of the Wonderland Pier’s Ferris wheel when it was shrouded in nighttime fog. It’s one of my all time favorite photos.
photo by Mark Handel
Thursday, September 16, 2010
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Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Kate and I are notorious tea fiends. Almost every conversation we have is punctuated – repeatedly – by us taking turns saying, “I’ll be right back, I’m making MOAR TEA”.
Recently I discovered a local business called Urban Tea that imports really good loose tea. We’re talking really good tea. So far I’m head over heels for Sencha Apple (a green tea) and Rooibos Garden (rooibos tea with lavender and coconut). I love to make them in the evenings. The Rooibos Garden in particular seems to gently pave the way from the waking hours to the sleeping hours. My little Stump Teapot is getting quite a workout!